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Can President Biden Lawfully Order Members of the Military to Take a COVID-19 Vaccine?

​The short answer is yes.

The President of the United States can order members of the military to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Don’t be fooled otherwise by secondhand information and basic Google searches. 

Do you need some help with your claim?

I'm accepting limited appointments to talk live on the phone or to videoconference with you. There is no fee for this service.

If you'd like to talk, provide me with some information about who you are and what's up and I'll be in touch.  /s/ Jim

When You Hit A Dead End

The Department of Veterans Affairs

​White House Hotline

855 - 948 - 2311    

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Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House. The email address and phone number are staffed by a seemingly serious group of players, many who are veterans, and if you have a legit issue, telling these folks is like bringing in the artillery.

Let's prepare  for your call or email. Make some notes before you proceed so you don't forget anything.

I prefer email since there's no waiting for someone to answer and I can take my time to prepare the story in just the right detail. 

Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. 

Describe the problem as briefly as you can.  Less is more.  Include the necessary components but don't tell your life story.  

Don't rant.  Be polite...military courtesy will get you places that hollering  IN ALL CAPS  won't.  Respect! 

Don't waste their time with bogus complaints about your feelings being hurt. If you appropriately utilize this

service, I'll vouch that this works like a champ.

Tell them you read about this at The VAWatchdog Dot Org...they know who we are.

Anania v. McDonough, No. 20-1086 (Fed. Cir. 2021)

​Anania served in the Army, 1972-1975. In 2008, Anania sought an increased evaluation for the degenerative joint disease of

his spine and major depressive disorder, and entitlement to a total disability rating based on individual unemployability.

Lynch v. McDonough, No. 20-2067

The benefit of the doubt rule is inapplicable when the preponderance of the evidence is found to be against the claimant.

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Since 2005, We're Keeping An Eye On Your VA

Because Somebody Has To!​

Welcome  Home!  I'm  Jim Strickland.  I'm an Army vet, I was 91-D20 in USAREUR at ​the

98th General Hospital near  Camp Baumholder 1967 - 1970.

The VAWatchdog exists to help you receive the benefits you earned,

and to help keep you informed of the latest shenanigans that erupt from your 

​Department of Veterans Affairs.​​

Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney
 Graduate of the US Military Academy West Point, 20 years of active Army service, multiple deployments,

XVIII Airborne Corps, and Third Army, Airborne and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal badges. 

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You may file claims on  eBenefits  or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can even fax them in. 

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To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. 

Jim Strickland

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today two major decisions related to presumptive conditions

associated with Agent Orange and particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia

VA plans expansion of benefits for disability claims for conditions related to certain toxic exposures
New evaluation process to be applied in identifying future presumptive conditions

 Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief

​Volume: 1

Date: 2019-07-01

Original Date: 2019-07-01

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL 

38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

How To

When you deal with your VA benefits there are dozens, maybe hundreds of resources on the Internet, usually way too complex

to read or they want your money to open their do you choose where to take advice and council?  I think I have

the answer. When you want to deal with your VA, whether you're filing a claim or trying to get along with your health care providers,

you need to hear the voice of a veteran who actually uses the VA. I'm in the process of providing that resource for you...for free.

No sign-up, no registration, instant access to reliable information. It's your VA, use it effectively.

This is a Work In Progress throughout 2021. Check back every now and then for updates.

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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Veteran dealing with terminal lung condition caused by toxic exposures in Iraq now dealing with COVID effects

Andrew Brewer, 33, said his doctor gave him 15-30 years to live.

He contracted COVID in February of 2021 along with his wife and son

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​​If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned certain benefits.

These benefits include the right to receive compensation and medical care for any disabling medical condition that was incurred

or aggravated while you were in service. Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA system.

As a disabled veteran himself and a respected board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the need.​

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5.3% Cost of Living Adjustment?

​With the rise in the CPI-W, the COLA is estimated to rise 5.3%



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Arellano v. McDonough, No. 20-1073 (Fed. Cir. 2021)

​The “effective date of an award” of disability compensation to a veteran “shall not be earlier than the date” the veteran’s application for such compensation is received by the VA. 38 U.S.C. 5110(a)(1). Section 5110(b)(1) provides an exception that permits an earlier effective date if the VA receives the application within one year of the veteran’s discharge from military service​.

38 CFR § 21.330 - Apportionment

Just when you begin to believe Internet rumors that your ex can't get your disability benefits,

you hear about apportionment. Typical of VA, they won't garnish your check, they invented another name for that.

How to file a VA

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or increased disability compensation.

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of additional benefits.

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You quit when the gorilla is tired."  —  Robert Straus

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Veterans Struggle to Get Copies of Needed Service Records Due to Pandemic
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